One of the hundreds of Clarence Valley residents Tamworth-bound, John ?Wicka? White.
One of the hundreds of Clarence Valley residents Tamworth-bound, John ?Wicka? White.

Tamworth will be a hoot

By EMMA CORNFORD

COUNTRY music enthusiasts throughout the Clarence are packing swags and preparing their eskies as they get ready to leave for the Tamworth Country Music Festival.

Festival regular Grafton resident John White said he went to his first Tamworth in the early 1970s and since then had been to 'too many times to remember'.

"There's a heap of us from Grafton who go along; we've been going for years," Mr White said.

"Now there's another, youn ger generation who have been going for a few years to keep the Grafton contingent alive," he said.

Despite being flooded out twice and losing all his clothes, tent, esky in last year's floods, Mr White's enthusiasm for the festival continues to grow.

"I'll be crying when we have to come back next Sunday because it'll all be over and I'll have to wait another 12 months for Tamworth to come around again," he said.

"And it's not just a country music festival anymore, it changes more every year and now it's a real music festival."



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